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  • Country ranking ?

    80
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    6h
  • When to drink

    2025-2050
  • Food Pairing

    Herb Roasted Prime Rib

      05/25/2010 Gala dinner on the Great Wall of China  

On the 22nd of May 2010, in collaboration with one of the largest auction houses specialising in wine sales, Château Margaux organised a gala dinner on the Great Wall of China. This unforgettable evening took place at Juyongguan, one of the renovated sections of the Great Wall, situated a few dozen kilometres from the centre of Beijing. At nightfall, the winding illuminated Great Wall heralded the exceptional character of the evening that was about to unfold. In order to pay homage to this heritage, seventy-three guests, among them the greatest wine collectors in Asia, convened to take part in this unique event. Fourteen vintages of Château Margaux were served, perfectly combined with dishes conceived and prepared by Guy Savoy, three-star chef in the Michelin Guide. Our guests were able to taste legendary vintages such as Château Margaux 1953, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2003. With the objective of demonstrating our support for the protection of the Great Wall, five unique lots were put up for auction on May 29th, in Hong Kong, during the largest wine auctions organised in Asia. All profits from the sale of the Château Margaux lots went to the China Great Wall Society, an association whose main mission is to look after the conservation of the Great Wall. Château Margaux has always been sensitive to the preservation of the most beautiful architectural sites around the world. In fact, the Château itself and the surrounding buildings were classified as historical monuments in 1946.        

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The Story

Since the 17th Century, the first wine of Château Margaux has been recognised as being one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.  

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us. The lesser vintages give pleasure to wise enthusiasts. They offer the advantage of evolving very rapidly and, reveal, after a few years, instead of power, this subtlety that is the prerogative of great terroirs.  Château Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve. Over the years, it has developed a finesse, an aromatic complexity and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Château Margaux has sought to achieve excellence in its wines for over 400 years now through painstaking and necessarily long studies of its terroir, through a constant desire to learn and innovate, by remaining sensitive to demanding markets, and above all through a passionate commitment that has been shared by the families that have succeeded each other at the estate. At the end of the 17th century, it became part of the nascent elite “First Growths” – long before being established officially by the Classification of 1855. Since then, Château Margaux has known fame and fortune, seeing by experience how ephemeral both are.

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Vintage 2010

2010: Weather
Winter was quite cold and dry, causing some delay in the budding. Mixed weather conditions in the spring made the flowering process uneven and caused a little coulure in some of the older Merlot plots. Yet, as always, the great terroirs appear to have set their own agenda and ignored the vagaries of the weather, enjoying a fast and homogenous flowering process with perfect results. Then again, the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is so well suited to these lands, is not very prone to coulure. From the end of June until the last grapes were harvested in October, we experienced, once again, the type of drought typical of great Bordeaux vintages. Indeed, while on the one hand, the vines were spared any excess of water, thereby preventing unwanted foliage, they benefited from just enough moisture to favour ripening as well as enhance concentration in the grapes. While the 2010 weather conditions were reminiscent of 2009 and 2005, vintages are never completely alike. The summer of 2010 was as dry as 2009, yet cooler. The absence of extreme heat combined with cool nights compensated for the drought and probably allowed some of the great terroirs’ young plants to reach a new quality threshold. It also favoured the aromatic character in all grape varieties, particularly in Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet and enabled the maintenance of excellent acidity levels – the perfect foil for high levels of alcohol. (The picking began on 22nd September)

Soil: gravelly, clay-limestone
Production area: 82ha
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (at least 75%), Merlot (between 10 and 15%) and finally Petit Verdot (around 5%) and a little Cabernet Franc
Average age of vines: 36 years
Harvest method: hand picked
Winemaking: The wine is fermented in oak vats
Ageing: over 18-24 months in new French oak barrels


 

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013
910€ -1.2% 921€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Endless, Gentle and Spicy

recommend

Yes

taste

Perfectly balanced, Youthful, Full-bodied, Focused, Rich and Ripe

Verdict

Well-rounded and Outstanding

Written Notes

The amazingly complex 2010 Margaux has a deep ruby colour, with striking aromatics of sweet violets, cedar, blackberries and ripe blackcurrants, leading to rich, pure fruit flavours and deep, velvety tannins on the palate, and a very long finish. The 90% Cabernet Sauvignon has clearly added density and richness to this wine, which will need at least 10 years of bottle age to reveal itself.

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Consistent notes. Great elegance and class, stunning depth and structure, velvety, sweet cherries, wonderful balance, great depth, extremely long and lingering aftertaste. Heavenly stuff.

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Ruby, floral, pure blackcurrants, violets, roses, layers. So elegant, fresh and mouthwatering acidity, tannins massive and ripe, yet the wine feels elegant and almost velvety already on the palate, superb texture, and incredible length. For me the wine of the vintage (as it was in 09)
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Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Soil

gravelly, clay-limestone

Vineyard size

82ha

Grapes

7% Merlot
90% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc

Age of vines

36

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

When bottled

2011

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

None

Glass time

3h

Drinking temperature

18

Inside Information

The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30-40 years.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

This was phenomenal from barrel and remains so. The aromas are spellbinding. It smells like a bouquet of pink roses and then goes to currants, berries and citrus. Full body, with wonderfully refined tannins. It starts discretely and then grows to different levels and dimensions like a slow but big high tide. The texture is so beautiful. Try it in 2020 or beyond.

Score: 100

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  Château Margaux 2010  ( Château Margaux )

The amazingly complex 2010 Margaux has a deep ruby colour, with striking aromatics of sweet violets, cedar, blackberries and ripe blackcurrants, leading to rich, pure fruit flavours and deep, velvety tannins on the palate, and a very long finish. The 90% Cabernet Sauvignon has clearly added density and richness to this wine, which will need at least 10 years of bottle age to reveal itself.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Margaux 2010  ( Château Margaux )

Consistent notes. Great elegance and class, stunning depth and structure, velvety, sweet cherries, wonderful balance, great depth, extremely long and lingering aftertaste. Heavenly stuff.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Margaux 2010  ( Château Margaux )

"Ruby, floral, pure blackcurrants, violets, roses, layers. So elegant, fresh and mouthwatering acidity, tannins massive and ripe, yet the wine feels elegant and almost velvety already on the palate, superb texture, and incredible length. For me the wine of the vintage (as it was in 09) "

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Château Margaux 2010  ( Château Margaux )

"TASTINGNOTE Den bästa Margaux jag någonsin provat har just fötts, det kommer säkert att sträcka sig över många generationer. Det verkar som om vi har fått en riktig klassiker!

Mogna svarta vinbär Cabernet och markerade Médoc-grusiga aromämnen, långlivad, avväpnande, och mycket mineraler i doftbilden, och omedelbara intryck av sammetsstruktur, en vackert, utsökt rik Margaux, med tanniner av sådan finess att de är nästan är omärkbara… Generös resonans i eftersmaken; gott och raffinerad, en smak som fylls av renhet, densitet och delikatess i en sagolikt smekande konsistens, och med en enormt ihållande mun-beläggande film av subtila aromer och stor yppig av frukt. En ihärdig smakintensitet utan kraft – den verkliga kvintessensen av Margaux! Oändligt graciös, doftande längd. Ett magnifikt vackert uttryck för Margaux.
MOGNAD 2020–40+.
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